Newly hired Missouri coach Barry Odom has his predecessor’s approval.
Former Tigers head man Gary Pinkel, who retired so he could focus on his battle with lymphoma, spoke about Odom’s hiring on SEC Nation Saturday. Pinkel said Odom was the ideal choice and expressed great confidence in his replacement.
“It’s not the right fit because he’s a Mizzou guy,” Pinkel said. “It’s the right fit because he’s the right guy. He’s a guy that I think will do a tremendous job. He’s very competitive, he’s a great communicator, he’s very driven, organized, attention to detail, all those things. And he has great relationships with his players.”
Odom played for Missouri from 1996-99 and filled various positions for the program from 2003-11, as well as serving as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2015. Pinkel said that background will help Odom in his newest gig.
“First of all he’s going to be Barry Odom, not Gary Pinkel,” Pinkel said. “The fact is that graduating from the University of Missouri and developing as a young man and a great football player who’s Mizzou made, those are genuine things with him and that’s very much important to him.”
Pinkel isn’t the only person who liked the hiring. The Tigers swarmed Odom when he was introduced as the head coach earlier this week. Pinkel said he was relieved when he saw that video of his players mobbing his former defensive coordinator.
“So when I saw the video of my players when they introduced him and they went up and embraced him and went crazy and I just looked at my wife and said, ‘My players are OK now.’”